Aug 20, 2012


It has been interesting to see the reactions of putting my life out there more.  I learn about people by their reactions.

This journey has taught me a lot about myself, and it has taught me a lot about those around me.

My family is rock steady.  They never know day to day what wife/mommy they are going to come home to.  They can't count on me always being able to do the things I tell them they will do.  Sometimes I take care of them, sometimes they take care of me.  They have learned a compassion deeper than any I have ever known.  I have shown them how to respect theirs and others abilities, how to be flexible, how to care for and love others in whatever ways they can each day.

Some people don't want to be or can't handle being a friend with someone like me.  That's okay with me, because I don't have the energy to waste on people who don't love me for me.  My deepest and closest friendships are with those who forgive me my shortcomings, who sit with me and talk on days when that is what I can do, and who fly with me when I am ready for that.  I have one person I can call to take my kids on a moment's notice when my husband is driving me to the emergency room.  I'm sure there may be more than that, but I know I have one who lives close(ish) enough to help me and who I would actually call with no hesitation.

I explain how I feel so people understand what is going on behind my smile.  So people know that not every day is a good one.  So people realize that I do so much want to do more than I do, but that some days I just can't.  And that it hurts me more than anyone.

Sometimes I just need someone to cry with, you know?

But overall, I'm ok.  I am happy and appreciative and have been able to do so many good things.  And I thank you all for sharing some small piece of that with me.

Aug 18, 2012

fibro letter to normals - my love and attempt at an explanation to family and friends

I am writing this so that people who love me can understand, people who are curious can understand, and also maybe even to try to help myself understand.

I have spent years of my life tired and in pain and sad.  Only it is so much more than that.

I never admit that I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia because I have only ever heard negativity towards it.  But the thing is, it is real, and it really sucks.

I have noticed that over time, my good days have become fewer and farther between.  Good days are the days when I am able to wake up and function like a normal person or get the things done that I need to before I crash.  I think it is confusing for people to understand what it is like for me because they see me on days I am able to push through.  But on days when I just can't, I often have to let people down.  I hate when I have to do that.

I often can't settle into a comfortable sleep.  I have nightmares every night when I do sleep.  I toss and turn quite a bit.  I cannot even tell you the last time I woke up feeling at all refreshed.  Every day is a struggle to make myself start my day.  Getting myself ready to leave the house is an extremely exhausting experience for me.  I have to stop and sit often.  I am always late and I always hate myself for it.

I get in trouble at work because I am not consistent or reliable sometimes.  I am smart and have ambitions and I let myself down most of all for not being the educated career driven person I know I should be.  But for some reason I just can't let go of that and be a "disabled" person.  I'm not sure I will ever get to that place.  So I just keep trying.

I hate this whole thing.

I hate that I will never be the vibrant active person that I used to be.  I hate that my life and energy have been taken away from me.

I hate being in pain.

Sometimes I actually forget some of the pain I feel every day.  I have programmed myself not to notice I think.  There are these weird muscle spasms and random sharp pains and tender points that are always stressed and I just have to make myself ignore it most of the time to get through the day.  I have days where I simply can't get out of bed or lift my arms or climb the stairs.  Those days are the scariest.

I get embarrassed because I feel like people just think I'm lazy.  I push myself to do as much as I can, but sometimes I just can't walk that far or stand that long or wake up.  Sometimes I push through and find a way to force myself to do things, and then I end up having to sleep for days straight afterwards.

All of this makes me depressed.  I hate that part too.  But I think that feeling this way for as long as I have would get most people down.

My toes are numb.  My hands ache.  Some days I can't grasp things like a pencil or drop glasses because I can't hold on to them.  That is probably the thing that I have been scared of most lately.

My body does not tolerate transitions well.  Going in and out and in and out make me uncomfortable and pained.  I am sensitive to lighting and temperature and particularly humidity.  I can feel the changes from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet.  And guess what?  I know that I'm sweating.  You don't have to tell me.  But you can hand me a fan or a towel and I will be extremely grateful.

I mourn the kind of person I should have been in this world.  I will never know her.  She had my smarts and my wit - but she could DO things.  She didn't let people down.

I know that my family is a blessing to me and that they get me through this.  I wish I knew there would be some way to repay them.  I give what I can of my good days to them.  And I know that they deserve better.

I am glad for the friends who are there to share the good days with me.  Inside I will always be a fun-loving thrill seeker.  I appreciate being able to let loose and dance when I can and that I have people to do it with.  I hope somehow they can forgive me for the times when I can't do this or be this way.  I hope they know that on some days I am just as happy to be there and watch them do things I used to be able to do.  And to laugh with them.  The laughing keeps me sane most of the time.

I count on people to remind me who I am.  I feel such deep gratitude towards those who can just take me as I am and enjoy me anyway.

I feel trapped in myself and it is a scary feeling.  My body is like a prison.

I get so angry sometimes and it comes out in such strange ways and that makes me feel guilty.  I have never been able to understand the pressure and frustration that builds up inside me.

I let people down.  Every day.

And then I unfairly ask you to love me anyway.  Surely some part of me is still deserving of love.  I try to repay those who are able to do it, but not always very well or consistently.

Fribromyalgia.  This thing is real.  It is a disease.  It has stolen my abilities.  It is invisible.  It is hard for me to explain.  It has no cure.  Treatment is uncertain and changing and unreliable.

It is what I have, but it is not who I am.  I am still me inside.

Aug 1, 2012

one sentence: #6

It's not personal, it's just business.

Jul 31, 2012

one sentence: #5

I truly have more on my plate than I can ever hope to achieve, and I can't figure out how to make any of it better with my current support system.

Jul 29, 2012

one sentence: #4

The corn is as high as an elephant's eye which of course could only mean one thing - football and cheer season is here.

Jul 28, 2012

one sentence: #3

I truly could not be more addicted to watching the 2012 Summer Olympics - favorite event just purely based on its name - Clean and Jerk.

Jul 27, 2012

one sentence: #2

Truly, Friday Night Date Night has been the best decision we have ever made for our marriage - brought to you tonight by wings, beer, and the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

Jul 26, 2012

one sentence: #1

Everything was such a whirlwind today of hectic, technical, nonstop coordination......... and it was an incredibly happy and satisfying day - that ended with Taco TV Thursday = BLISS.

one sentence: intro

I follow Gretchen Rubin, as I love her philosophies about choosing happiness.  One of the things she suggests doing is writing one sentence a day.  She sells diaries that have space to write in them one sentence a day for five years.  As I am well known for starting projects all starry eyed and optimistic, I think I am going to go with more realism and shoot for writing one sentence for a week.

One sentence per day for seven days.

I don't think this should be too terrible.

Feb 24, 2012


My mind seems to be racing this week.  I don't know why or what the trigger really has been or what is happening.  Things are ok, they always are.  But things are on the brink of what could be disaster, which always looms over my head too.

I'm happy, thing are going ok.  But I'm sad.  Things could and should be better.

Sometimes I wish the path I am supposed to take was much more clear to me.  I can't understand why things have spun so far away from any that I might recognize.  Somehow the last piece of the puzzle never seems to fit.

Mental illness ruins everything.  A demon that is never truly conquered.

Make it work.  Make it work.  Make it work.

Shut up and deal with it.

Find happiness in the many small blessings.

Push through.

Fix all the things within your control.  Fix all the things within my control.  Fix everything.

Try and not shatter.

I can't do it.

I am so weak.